I just flew to L.A. to go to a big conference with a bunch of fitness professionals. It’s going to be a weekend full of drinking, partying, learning, and getting jacked. It’s ironic, but when you get a bunch of fitness professionals together we wind up drinking and eating more than humanly imaginable.
Because of that, I’ve been thinking about how I’m going to enjoy the weekend without packing on fat. Without fail, I’ve got 3 tried and true rules I follow when traveling that allow me to enjoy myself, and also stay lean.
And it’s time I share those rules with you. Here are 3 keys to staying fit while traveling
- Fuck the rules and skip breakfast.
It’s no secret that I’m a fan of intermittent fasting. Hell, intermittent fasting was the very first thing I ever wrote about for BroBible. And while it’s not as in vogue today as it was a couple of years ago, it’s still a kick ass strategy to use. Especially when traveling.
I prefer to fast during travel days because that extended fasting time helps create a calorie deficit, and also keeps you from eating shit quality airport food.
On another note: you also get the benefits of cellular autophagy, which essentially functions as a cleanse on the cellular level.
If you find yourself really struggling with hunger while at the airport or on the road then make use of coffee, water, and zero calorie drinks.
- Train first thing in the morning.
Most people aren’t like me and other fitness professionals, who view training while traveling together as a no brainer. Because of this, most of you normal people who have a life don’t schedule time to train while on the road.
So in order to beat this, get your ass up at the crack of dawn and train. It doesn’t matter if you’re hungover and feel like you got hit by a truck last night, or if you’re waking up and terrified at just how awful your beer goggles were last night.
Get the fuck up and train. Get your sweat on. It can be lifting or cardio, that doesn’t matter. Just get moving, because once you start moving and sweating you’re helping create a calorie deficit for that day to help mitigate any gluttonous nights you might take part in.
- Eat a big ass salad once a day.
Unless you’re going on a food vacation or to a city known for it’s cuisine, chances are you’re probably not going to be spending every meal out at a restaurant that you’ll never get the chance to eat at again.
It’s easy for us to fall for this idea that traveling is a special time, or today is a special day, and as such we pig the fuck out and eat anything and everything. While one meal like that isn’t going to fuck your fat loss efforts, multiple meals with that view point sure as hell will.
But here’s the deal: chances are you’re going to wind up at some shitty chain restaurant that you’ve got access to back home once a day. So instead of ordering a calorie bomb that packs on a ton of fat, order a big ass salad and keep your calories in check.
And while at some places salads can get well over 1,000 calories, if you’re being intelligent and staying away from salads with heavy cream based dressings then you’ll still be saving 500-600 calories in one meal.
Couple saving those calories with sweating in the morning, and you’ve suddenly created a serious calorie deficit to work with, which allows you to enjoy going out that night and drinking your face off guilt free.
But most of all, enjoy your travels, bros. Don’t let trying to stay fit while traveling completely take over the joy of travel.